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The Ministry of Culture supports the teaching of basic swimming in schools

Swimming is a vital skill every person should have. The Ministry of Culture supports mandatory swimming teaching to second and third grade students.

To ensure that the swimming lessons reach every student, the Ministry of Culture has been allocating grants to counties and the city of Tallinn as of 2005 for providing mandatory swimming lessons.

The objective of the grant is to ensure each basic school student 24 hours of basic swimming lessons, resulting in an ability to swim at least 25 metres freestyle.


To whom is the grant allocated and how to use it?


The grant is allocated to county governments and the city of Tallinn in accordance with the number of students. The beneficiary may use the grant to provide mandatory basic swimming lessons under the curriculum of physical education in the first stage of study (grades 1–3), including:

  • covering rental expenses and/or expenses related to the use of swimming pools;
  • covering the salaries of trainers and/or other instructors of basic swimming;
  • covering the transportation costs of students;
  • organising basic swimming continuing lessons.

What is the amount of grants for 2015?

In 2015, the Ministry of Culture will allocate grants to counties for a total of 230,082 euros for providing basic swimming lessons.
The grants have been calculated on the basis of the number of students in grade 2 as at 1.12.2014.


Amount of grant €

Harju County Government 40 057
Hiiu County Government 1449
Ida-Viru County Government 26 376
Jõgeva County Government 5372
Järva County Government 6319
Lääne County Government 4696
Lääne-Viru County Government 12 464
Põlva County Government 4715
Pärnu County Government 16 154
Rapla County Government 7304
Saare County Government 6319
Tartu County Government 31 072
Valga County Government 5874
Viljandi County Government 8599
Võru County Government 6976
Tallinn City 46 336
Total 230 082

Basic swimming teaching requires an integrated approach


In addition to county grants, an additional single grant of 60,000 euros shall be allocated this year from the state budget. The grant will be targeted at activities aiming at shaping an integrated method and standards for teaching basic swimming as well as increasing the preparedness of teachers.

The coordinating of teaching basic swimming, carrying out training courses for basic swimming instructors and preparing learning materials will be carried out by the Estonian Swimming Federation serving as the umbrella organisation responsible for swimming related activities in Estonia. The training courses for basic swimming teaching are planned for approximately 225 teachers across Estonia. As guidance material, all participants will receive the new book “Let's learn to swim” (“Õpime ujuma” ) in Estonian.


Margus Klaan
Adviser of the Sports Department

Telephone number +372 628 2328


Last updated: 1 July 2015